Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling will be his centre-back pairing for the European Super Cup against Real Madrid on August 8.
Man United have already played five pre-season matches this summer – beating Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid, before losing their final tour match to Barcelona on Wednesday night.
Next up for the Red Devils is clashes with Valerenga and Sampdoria, before they travel to Macedonia to take on Champions League winners Real Madrid in the European Super Cup.
Eric Bailly, arguably Mourinho’s first-choice centre-back, will be suspended for the clash with Los Blancos after picking up a red card in the semi-finals of last season’s Europa League, and Mourinho has suggested that Lindelof and Smalling will be his pairing in Macedonia.
Mourinho told MUTV:
“I think we will understand the reason in a couple of days. Bailly is suspended for the first two matches in Europe as you know, and in the next couple of days you will have the understanding of why I am playing Lindelof and Smalling.”
Man United have already signed Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku from Benfica and Everton respectively in this summer’s transfer window.
However, the Red Devils are expected to bring at least one more player to the club before the window closes for business.